PSYCHOL 7133 - Abnormal Psychology
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2021
General Course Information
Course Code PSYCHOL 7133 Course Abnormal Psychology Coordinating Unit Psychology Term Semester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Prerequisites PSYCHOL 7130 Assumed Knowledge Psychology Honours degree and relevant undergraduate introductions to abnormal psychology and evidence-base practice Restrictions Available to M Psych (Clin) and PhD/MPsych(Clin) students only or by permission of Head of School Course Description This unit aims to describe psychological problems as they present and are diagnosed and treated across the lifespan ? with special reference to diagnostic systems, ethical principles and pharmacological treatments. On completion of this unit the student will be able to demonstrate: thorough and critical understanding of the most commonly-used diagnostic classification systems (e.g. DSM, ICD) and techniques for diagnostic assessment (e.g. SCID, MINI, psychometric scales); knowledge of the causes, presentation, diagnosis and treatment of psychological problems from childhood to old age; a basic understanding of the SA mental health system and its supporting legislation; and a critical approach to the research evidence-base and to professional development activities
Course Coordinator: Dr Michael ProeveSchool of Psychology Office: firstname.lastname@example.org; ph +61 8313 5693
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Details of the timetable are located in MyUni.
Course Learning OutcomesAt the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Apply and evaluate critically the most commonly-used diagnostic classification systems and techniques for diagnostic assessment.
2. Demonstrate a strong working knowledge of the causes, presentation, diagnosis and treatment of psychological problems from childhood to old age
3. Apply common approaches to assessing symptoms and signs of psychological disorders.
4. Demonstrate ability to identify appropriate interventions for common psychological disorders, taking into account individual differences.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
Advanced knowledge of the discipline of psychology (theories, evidence, methods, interventions) Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
Participation in seminar program delivered delivered by practitioners .
Online LearningStudents will utilise MyUni to access resources, and share their experiences of professional development activities.
This course may use MyUni for one or more of the following:
- Communication with students via Announcements and Discussion Board
- Submission of assessment
- Access to resources such as additional readings
- Self-directed learning activities
Link to MyUni: https://myuni.adelaide.edu.au/
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesFace-to-face interactive seminars, complemented with reading, reflection, and on-line resources.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.Seminars: 13 x 3 hours - 39 hours
Mental status exercise: 5 hours
Diagnostic exercise: 10 hours
Exam preparation: 39 hours
Final test: 1.5 hours
Independent reading and research: 60 hours
Learning Activities SummaryLectures will be held weekly on a TUESDAY morning from 9.10 am – 12 noon Hughes 526/527. This is a provisional program, which may be changed or updated.
Week Topic Lecture Week 1 Course introduction. Diagnostic systems and treatment planning. Abnormal Psychology Week 2 Diagnostic interviewing and assessment. Abnormal Psychology Week 3 Psychosis. Abnormal Psychology Week 4 Anxiety disorders. Abnormal Psychology Week 5 Mood disorders and Adjustment disorder. Abnormal Psychology Week 6 Eating disorders. Abnormal Psychology Week 7 Substance abuse. Abnormal Psychology Week 8 Personality disorders. Abnormal Psychology Week 9 Childhood disorders. Abnormal Psychology Week 10 Childhood disorders. Abnormal Psychology Week 11 Mental health problems of older people. Abnormal Psychology Week 12 Introduction to Psychopharmacology. Abnormal Psychology Week 13 Lived Experience Abnormal Psychology
Disclaimer: This program is provisional and subject to change.
Specific Course RequirementsOn the initial enrolment into one of the Master’s programs, all students (unless already a Registered Psychologist) MUST apply for and obtain provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia. All students are required to provide a copy of their registration details to the Program Administrator on their first day in the Program: this will be required for the Summer School courses Interviewing & Intervention and Evidence-Based Practice. The application form and details of fees payable are available from the PBA website: http://www.psychologyboard.gov.au/Forms.aspx.
Candidates are required to consent to a police check as part of their application to the Psychology Board of Australia for Provisional Registration, a requirement of enrolment in the program. A satisfactory current police check is a mandatory requirement for acceptance to and continuation within the program.
Small Group Discovery ExperienceNot applicable
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning outcome(s) being addressed Diagnosis exercise. Summative 40% 1, 3, 4 Mental status exercise Summative 20% 3 Final test Summative 40% 2, 4
Assessment Related RequirementsStudents must attend at least 80% of classes. Attendance lists are maintained and lateness is recorded as failure to attend. Failure to meet this attendance requirement (i.e. absence from three or more sessions in this course) may lead to exclusion from the course.
Redemption assignments will be set for any lecture that is missed, to ensure that the student gains adequate exposure to, and understanding of, the material that they missed. These must be completed to the satisfaction of the lecturer or course co-ordinator.
In order to pass the course overall, students must pass each of the 3 components of the assessment.
Assessment DetailThe aim of these assessments is to encourage students to read and reflect on core course materials and content, while also engaging in active learning activities.
Further details about these assessments will be provided at the commencement of the course.
SubmissionAssignments are required to be submitted online by the specified dates.
The School of Psychology undertakes to adhere to the University’s Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy, Procedure 6a, which requires that assessments are returned within 4 weeks of the deadlines for submission.
Extension of time for an assignment may be granted at the discretion of the Course Coordinator, to whom students should apply in writing (or email) before the due date and time.
No requests for extensions will be considered if made after the due date and time.
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Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
GS8 (Coursework Grade Scheme) Grade Description CN Continuing FNS Fail No Submission NFE No Formal Examination F Fail NGP Non Graded Pass P Pass C Credit D Distinction HD High Distinction RP Result Pending
Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.
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(a) Satisfies minimum competence in the assessment tasks.
(b) Familiarity with core texts and materials.
(c) Satisfactory knowledge of relevant principles and concepts;
(d) Evidence of ability to construct coherent argument based on evidence.
(e) Evidence of minimum competence in analytical and evaluative skills.
(f) Satisfactory competence in applying fundamental concepts and skills.
(g) Satisfactory competence in expression and presentation; accurate and
consistent acknowledgement of sources.
(a) Fails to satisfy minimum competence in the assessment tasks.
(b) Insufficient evidence of having read core texts and materials.
(c) Insufficient knowledge of relevant principles and concepts.
(d) Insufficientevidence of ability to construct coherent argument based on
(e) Insufficient evidence of competent analytical and evaluative skills.
(f) Insufficient demonstration of competence in applying fundamental concepts
(g) Unsatisfactory skills in expression and presentation; inaccurate and
inconsistent acknowledgement of sources.
Students will have an opportunity to resubmit any assessment that receives a
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